Paola Badino’s wine farm ‘Casa Nuova’ (Italian for New Home), located in Rocca Grimalda town, has been placed for more than a century on a small hill, like a terrace made of earth and vineyards, facing San Giacomo’s hamlet. From the house the sight space out to Silvano d’Orba, then proceeds to the Ligurian Appennines. We are talking of the territory named “Ovadese”, a frontier land between Piedmont and Liguria regions, a land that in 1800 still was covered in vast forests of chestnuts and durmasts, gradually cut down to make place good for vine colture. Was in fact with a great deforestation work that Francesco Badino, in 1886, bought the first plot of land in which he started the construction of his “Casa Nuova”.
Francesco wished to have a large family, and from his wife Rosa had 5 children, two girls who got married with locals, and three boys. Between them, Giacomo, the elder, was designated to succeed him in the direction of the wine farm with the help of the second-born, Domenico, while the younger brother Federico had to assert himself outside of his hometown, and was one of the first fallen during Word War II, unluckily a pilot of Regia Aeronautica.
But for Giacomo, who handled the wine farm from postwar to the 70s, and for his son Francesco, who succeeded him in the following three decades, following the “progress” always meant to follow a precise tradition of quality in both grape harvesting and vinification process, always made in the wide cellar under the house.
Because of this, “Dolcetto d’Ovada” DOC and “Barbera del Monferrato” DOC produced at “Casa Nuova” are born from vines that are in great part hundreds years old. The extraordinary vines longevity is due to the particular care given in the period of pruning, alongside with the favourable exposure to sun, wind and to the soil characteristics. Grape harvest is also always done by hand, so that is possible to do a fast selection of the bunches: only those that are perfectly mature will become wine.